Press Release - Report on Seanad Bye-Election 2018

Press Release - Report on Seanad Bye-Election 2018

Standards in Public Office Commission 
Press Release

The Standards in Public Office Commission (the Standards Commission) has today published its report on the 2018 Seanad Bye-Election.

9 candidates contested the election for 2 seats on the Agriculture Panel. Senator Anthony Lawlor and Senator Ian Marshall were elected.

In accordance with the provisions of Part IV of the Act, unsuccessful candidates at the Seanad Bye-Election were required, within 56 days after the relevant day on which the poll closed, to furnish to the Standards Commission a donation statement and accompanying documentation. The date by which donation statements were required to be received by the Standards Commission was 22 June 2018. All unsuccessful candidates had complied with their obligations by the deadline date. There were no donations disclosed at the Seanad Bye-Election.

Successful candidates at the election are required, as members of Seanad Éireann, to furnish an annual donation statement and accompanying documentation to the Standards Commission by 31 January each year. The donation statements to be furnished to the Standards Commission in respect of 2018 by members of Seanad Éireann must include details of any donations received by them during 2018 in relation to the Seanad Bye-Election. These statements must be furnished to the Standards Commission by 31 January 2019.

The Standards Commission Report on the Seanad Bye-Election 2018 is available at http://www.sipo.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Seanad-Bye-Elections-27-April-2018/.

Background
The Standards in Public Office Commission is an independent body responsible for overseeing the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001, the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 and the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended). The Standards Commission was created by the Standards in Public Office Act 2001.

For more information, please contact:

 

Rosanne Meehan, Press Officer

Standards in Public Office Commission
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2
D02 HE97
Telephone: 01 - 6395666
E-mail: sipo@sipo.ie
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